Turmeric (Curcuma longa) has been used for 4,000 years to treat a variety of conditions. Studies show that turmeric may help fight infections and some cancers, reduce inflammation, and treat digestive problems, and it has gotten a lot of press lately.
While this is an ancient remedy, we are still administering tests to prove our suspensions. First, many studies have taken place in test tubes and animals, and turmeric may not work as well in humans. Second, some studies have used an injectable form of curcumin, the active substance in turmeric. Finally, some of the studies show conflicting evidence.
Turmeric is widely used in cooking and gives Indian curry its flavor and yellow color. It is also used in mustard and to color butter and cheese. Turmeric has been used in both Indian and Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory, to treat digestive and liver problems, skin diseases, and wounds.
I decided to get it a try, so I purchased Organic Tumeric from the Vitamin Cottage ground and ready for use. I store the bag, which comes sealed in a baggy, with my spices and use it daily in my meals. Just to name a few meals that I use it in: red beans with sausage (it gives it a smoky taste), corn mixed with an onion, black eyed peas and beef stew. I put about a teaspoon in each and boil until the color has turned from a bright orange to a brownish orange color.
I recently found out from further research online, it is a wonderful teeth whitener! The taste is bitter, and it will color your teeth orange as you brush, but don't worry, when you rinse your mouth out with water your teeth will be beautiful and white!! You can safely use Tumeric in this manner instead of your toothpaste, as it hold a powerful punch in antiseptic properties.
I hope this article sparks interest in this best kept secret and I invite you to do your own research and share your experiences with your friends and family so that they also can benefit from this natural remedy, one that is safe for the whole family and quite affordable!!
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Source: Turmeric | University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/turmeric#ixzz30JU0KP15